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  • #31
    Uncle Nick will ensure we survive as his swan song and Chooks fans will still be talking about it in 100 years.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by top_joe View Post
      Uncle Nick will ensure we survive as his swan song and Chooks fans will still be talking about it in 100 years.
      Luckily sanity prevailed in the last few decades and Mr P and his boards were embraced and not traded in on more flashy models, as other clubs did.
      Superb financial management by these boards and their group CEOs saw Easts Group born and flourish.

      Hopefully Easts Group will survive and with it the Roosters.

      Maybe something can be done for all the staff.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by Thirteen View Post
        Absolutely extraordinary that the season has not yet been suspended.

        NBL has called off their grand final series which they are in the middle of.
        There is no reason to stop it. Toddles or the other one said today, they have less chance of catching the media flu when playing each other than when left do their own thing.

        The Internet is a place for posting silly things
        Try and be serious and you will look stupid
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        • #34
          Originally posted by top_joe View Post
          Uncle Nick will ensure we survive as his swan song and Chooks fans will still be talking about it in 100 years.
          I won't be here to tell them about it...give them a blow by blow description.
          If I can get to watch the Roosters for another 10 years I'll be extremely happy.
          Best I depart before my 85th birthday, so that the lady who sits on the lounge can collect the life insurance.
          The bet with the insurance company ends then.
          Before 85 I win.
          After 85 they win.
          84 years and 300 days will do fine.
          Pity we can't choose.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Thirteen View Post
            Maybe Corona can kills Souths.
            More likely VB.

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            • #36
              We survived the Spanish flu and only one current club can say that (but they couldn't play every season since - what a shame) - we can survive another pandemic ...although they didn't deal with as much money and depend on broadcast rights in 1920

              How rugby league survived the Spanish Flu a hundred years ago

              By Roy Masters

              It’s said there is nothing new in rugby league and this includes the coronavirus which has a parallel, as a pandemic, with the deadly Spanish Flu of 100 years ago.


              Dally Messenger survived the Spanish flu, but his wife did not.CREDIT:ALAN E FURNELL

              Back then, a national emergency was declared to combat the highly infectious disease; people were encouraged to minimise contact, with the Christ Church in Queanbeyan restricting worshippers to no more than two per pew; flu masks were worn; theatres were sprayed three times a day with antiseptic and, like now, strict border quarantine controls were enacted to slow the disease’s arrival. It reached epidemic proportions in Australia when it was effectively over in its country of its origin.

              Yet, the rugby league competition continued, despite the pandemic affecting the young more than the elderly and claiming two high profile deaths. Furthermore, the NSWRL contributed resources to fight it, rather than ask the government for handouts.

              When the Pneumonic Influenza, or Spanish Flu as it was popularly known, reached Australia in late 1918 (first case was in Melbourne), within days it would travel to Sydney and throughout NSW. Between 1918 and 1920, the pandemic killed more people worldwide – between 50 million and 100 million - than died during World War I.

              It travelled to Manilla, in northern NSW where Dally Messenger, rugby league’s first superstar, and his wife, Annie, operated the Royal Hotel. They both became critically ill and were hospitalised. Annie died. Only weeks earlier, they had been visited by Annie’s son from her first marriage, Private Cyril Macaulay, who had recently returned from active service in Europe.

              On June 18, 1919, the disease claimed the life of Sergeant Mick Frawley who had played in the Roosters first premiership team. A forward, Frawley began his career with Easts in the code’s first season of 1908, represented Australia against New Zealand the following year, played in the 1911 premiership team and retired. He enlisted in 1916, fought on the Western Front and was only 33 when he died in Moore Park Emergency Hospital from Spanish Flu.
              NSW was the worst affected state, as appears to be the case with the coronavirus. In Sydney alone, there were eventually 3500 deaths. It was estimated that 36 per cent of the population was infected with a death rate of one in eight, far higher than today. However, unlike the coronavirus which appears to affect the unwell and elderly, Spanish flu attacked the healthiest, usually those between 18 and 40, and mainly men.

              Yet rugby league competitions continued and, in mid-1919, an Australian team toured New Zealand. Crowds increased in Sydney’s eight-team, 56-game competition. In 1918, the average crowd was 5524; 1919 it was 4607; 1920 was 5757 and 1921 was 7585.

              This attendance, at a time the SCG was used as a quarantine station for returning soldiers, compares favourably with last Saturday’s crowd of 6235 at ANZ stadium for the Rabbitohs versus Sharks game, played before the ban on gatherings of 500 people or more was enacted.

              But, as our current code administrators are well aware, games 100 years ago weren’t on TV.

              Nevertheless, the NSWRL had assets of 5520 pounds in March 1919, with liabilities of only 27 pounds, compared to today when the game has no assets. Furthermore, the NSWRL contributed 5200 pounds the previous year to the war effort.

              In 1919, the code’s leaders were proactive in supporting the community.

              James Joynton Smith, who financed many of the Wallabies to switch to rugby league, had become Sydney’s Lord Mayor by November 1918 when he was appointed to a council formed to fight the Spanish Flu in NSW.

              He also raised the money to establish the Royal South Sydney Hospital which was the main treatment centre for victims of Spanish Flu. He does share one comparison with ARLC chair Peter V’landys who is also chief executive of Racing NSW: he wore many hats.

              At various times, Smith was president of South Sydney, a director of Souths Juniors, president of the NSWRL, chairman of the ARL Board of Control, as well as president of the NSW Leagues Club.

              Whereas, the ARLC has committed to playing only the first two rounds in 2020, no games were lost in the 1919 season. Balmain won, as they did every year from 1915 to 1920, except 1918.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Kingbilly View Post

                There is no reason to stop it. Toddles or the other one said today, they have less chance of catching the media flu when playing each other than when left do their own thing.
                You were the snowflake that wanted the. coronavirus thread closed. Now you get medical advice from Todd Greenburg. Farking mental. Idiot.
                Last edited by Old Man Rooster; 03-18-2020, 01:34 PM.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Rooster_6 View Post

                  If no players are sick what does calling off the season now help?
                  All it takes is for one person, either player, official or coaching staff, to get the virus for the competition to be suspended.

                  Born and bred in the eastern suburbs.

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                  • #39
                    SO, with the super league being suspended for awhile.....................................
                    Can we sign SBW for a cameo 4 week appearance or Izzy or another good centre.......... ???

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by Kelby View Post
                      SO, with the super league being suspended for awhile.....................................
                      Can we sign SBW for a cameo 4 week appearance or Izzy or another good centre.......... ???
                      For multiple reasons, no

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Vasco View Post
                        All it takes is for one person, either player, official or coaching staff, to get the virus for the competition to be suspended.
                        A matter of time. I’ll be surprised if we get the opportunity to smack Souths next week.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by NorthChook View Post

                          For multiple reasons, no
                          Like? Reasons for no include?

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by Kelby View Post

                            Like? Reasons for no include?
                            1. They are contracted to other clubs who would not risk their players getting injured
                            2. Travel bans
                            3. Quarantine periods
                            4. Salary cap
                            5. UK and France are virtually in lockdown
                            6. Even if the NRL was to re-accept Folau back in the future, he has barely had time to redeem himself in the super league and there is enough drama at the NRL here that the Roosters probably wouldn't want to touch at this time even if by miracle he could be loaned and arrive here some how
                            7. SBW just had surgery and is out of action
                            8. Folau is still used to playing RL again and is doing ok but probably not NRL standard - SBW has struggled in form since his return and has disappointed. This would also apply to other Super League players who would be unproven in NRL - without at least a pre-season the Roosters would have more confidence in their reserves/development players

                            There may be other reasons too but there is a sample of multiple reasons

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by NorthChook View Post

                              1. They are contracted to other clubs who would not risk their players getting injured
                              2. Travel bans
                              3. Quarantine periods
                              4. Salary cap
                              5. UK and France are virtually in lockdown
                              6. Even if the NRL was to re-accept Folau back in the future, he has barely had time to redeem himself in the super league and there is enough drama at the NRL here that the Roosters probably wouldn't want to touch at this time even if by miracle he could be loaned and arrive here some how
                              7. SBW just had surgery and is out of action
                              8. Folau is still used to playing RL again and is doing ok but probably not NRL standard - SBW has struggled in form since his return and has disappointed. This would also apply to other Super League players who would be unproven in NRL - without at least a pre-season the Roosters would have more confidence in their reserves/development players

                              There may be other reasons too but there is a sample of multiple reasons
                              Is that all you've got?
                              Choose hope over fear.

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Jacks Fur Coat View Post

                                Is that all you've got?
                                Reason 225. Folau has developed a love for french cuisine

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